Two Peaks - Ainslie and Majura
Distance: 26.0 km
Time: 2hrs 16 mins 53 secs
Rate: 5' 17" per km
Weather: cloudy, temp range 10-14 degrees, humidity 70%, wind calm
Distance: 110.5 km
Running days: 6/7
Ave: 18.4 km per run day
Distance: 145.55 km
Running days: 8/10
Ave: 18.19 km per run day
Distance: 3757.85 km
Running days: 206/314
Ave: 18.24 km per run day
The annual Two Peaks event held today from Majura Winery over Mt Ainslie and Mt Majura. Rain fell last night as it has almost all week making the tracks softer but very nice to run on. Very early start of 6:30 as usual at this time of the year, however it was cool and conditions were good. In fact both male and female records were broken in the shorter One Peak event of 15 km over Mt Majura.
I ran just over 2 minutes slower than last year, but many others were slower as well with the winners well outside the race records. I ran alright for the first 10 km through Majura Pines and the Campbell Park side of Mt Ainslie, even going OK up the front of Mt Ainslie until I reached those steps near the top. They are just a bit too high and too far apart for me to run.
Off the top of Ainslie and down to Hackett and Watson, I stayed in sight of a couple of runners who were not getting away, but after reaching the drink station near Prime TV and starting a long climb up Mt Majura, I lost sight of them.
Ran up Mt Majura reasonably well except for a short rocky section just after going over the fence and onto the mountain proper. Reached the top still going OK but the lack of leg speed really showed down the road. Just unable to maintain 4:00 per km. This area needs serious looking at in the near future, I will have to join Ewen at the oval to regain something I probably never had in the first place anyway.
Finished feeling OK, no damage although the legs need a rest, the rest of me is fine, except the brain, must be mad. Received the finishers bottle of wine, a 2007 bottle of Riesling, but not being a wine drinker that will stay in the cupboard for a few years then go into a cake no doubt.
Good to see a few BC & BHC runner fronting up only 3 weeks after a big run.
Another run next weekend over the same mountains as part of a relay team in the Triple Tri, another fun day as it's only 20 km this time.